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Daredevil is back in black and back on his home turf, as Matt Murdock begins a fresh life once again! He may have returned to New York City, but Matt's on a different side of the law now, with a job in the District Attorney's office. And he's finding his new career quite the challenge, as even his incredible skills aren't enough to indict the local crime lord known as Tenf Daredevil is back in black and back on his home turf, as Matt Murdock begins a fresh life once again! He may have returned to New York City, but Matt's on a different side of the law now, with a job in the District Attorney's office. And he's finding his new career quite the challenge, as even his incredible skills aren't enough to indict the local crime lord known as Tenfingers. Could this be a job for Daredevil? Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it's a whole new chapter for the Man Without Fear - and it comes with a protégé. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot - you'll soon find that life with DD comes with more than its fair share of Hand ninjas out for your blood! Collecting: Daredevil 1-5 & material from All-New, All-Different.1


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Daredevil is back in black and back on his home turf, as Matt Murdock begins a fresh life once again! He may have returned to New York City, but Matt's on a different side of the law now, with a job in the District Attorney's office. And he's finding his new career quite the challenge, as even his incredible skills aren't enough to indict the local crime lord known as Tenf Daredevil is back in black and back on his home turf, as Matt Murdock begins a fresh life once again! He may have returned to New York City, but Matt's on a different side of the law now, with a job in the District Attorney's office. And he's finding his new career quite the challenge, as even his incredible skills aren't enough to indict the local crime lord known as Tenfingers. Could this be a job for Daredevil? Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it's a whole new chapter for the Man Without Fear - and it comes with a protégé. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot - you'll soon find that life with DD comes with more than its fair share of Hand ninjas out for your blood! Collecting: Daredevil 1-5 & material from All-New, All-Different.1

30 review for Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 1: Chinatown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    It’s post-Secret Wars and Mark Waid is no longer writing this book. Charles Soule, a talented writer, but kind of a plodder, is now in charge. Here’s what you can look forward to: - Daredevil is now back in New York City. He no longer has a private legal practice; he’s working for the D.A. now. Because Soule’s an attorney, expect some lawyerly talk and whatnot. So, good stuff for you Matlock lovers. - Daredevil has evoked the Dr. Strange/Mephisto let’s-reset-my-identity-so-no-one-knows-who-I-am st It’s post-Secret Wars and Mark Waid is no longer writing this book. Charles Soule, a talented writer, but kind of a plodder, is now in charge. Here’s what you can look forward to: - Daredevil is now back in New York City. He no longer has a private legal practice; he’s working for the D.A. now. Because Soule’s an attorney, expect some lawyerly talk and whatnot. So, good stuff for you Matlock lovers. - Daredevil has evoked the Dr. Strange/Mephisto let’s-reset-my-identity-so-no-one-knows-who-I-am stratagem. It’s not clear how it was done, but I suspect it has a mystical nature and I cry B.S. - For Foggy Nelson, there’s a trade-off: He apparently no longer has cancer, but he’s the only one saddled with the knowledge of Daredevil’s true identity and he’s not happy about it. - No Kristen McDuffie, which is incredibly sad. - Daredevil, who’s not known for being Mr. Teamwork, now has a sidekick (!?!) - Blindspot. - I think he’s sporting a new uniform, but who can tell with the artwork (see below). “There’s a new kid villain in town, I don’t want to hear it, There’s a new kid villain in town, everybody’s talking…” He’s a creepy, religious zealot that would give Jim Bakker a run for his ill-gotten non-profit (Heh) gains. Start counting those fingers. Ugh. It seems Mr. Tenfingers has taken something that belongs to The Hand. Enter The Hand and let the martial arts madness begin. Also: Blindspot has evil Oedipal mother issues and old guy Captain America makes an appearance sans walker. Watch yourself stepping off a curb, you could break a hip. Old Cap helps Daredevil realize the inherent limitations to being a blind super hero. As you can gather from all the gifs I’ve used, the art is bathed in a patina of red hues – crimson, scarlet, cherry, ruby, vermillion… That one, too! Bottom line: Soule’s initial work isn’t bad, it’s just pales in comparison to his betters – Waid, Bendis, Brubaker, Miller et al where the inevitable pecking order will begin. Mr. Soule, take heart that this is miles better than Kevin Smith’s run on this title.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Well, I knew whatever followed Waid and Samnee's amazing run wouldn't be able to live up to it but did it have to suck quite this hard? Things I didn't like: 1. Everything Waid did on the book has been wiped away. SO disappointing. 2. Daredevil has a sidekick. DD doesn't need a sidekick. He's not Batman. 3. The story was by-the-numbers and completely predictable. 4. Tenfingers is possibly the stupidest villain I've ever seen in this book. Yes, I'm including Stiltman AND Leapfrog. He has pistols with Well, I knew whatever followed Waid and Samnee's amazing run wouldn't be able to live up to it but did it have to suck quite this hard? Things I didn't like: 1. Everything Waid did on the book has been wiped away. SO disappointing. 2. Daredevil has a sidekick. DD doesn't need a sidekick. He's not Batman. 3. The story was by-the-numbers and completely predictable. 4. Tenfingers is possibly the stupidest villain I've ever seen in this book. Yes, I'm including Stiltman AND Leapfrog. He has pistols with ten triggers and one barrel. Did they put ANY thought into that design decision AT ALL? Things I did like: 1. The artwork by Ron Garney and Matt Milla. While it wasn't Garney's best work, they tried something different and originality gets points from me. 2. The guest appearance from Steve Rogers was good. In fact, if the whole story had been as good as the Cap issue, it would've been a much better book. 3. They highlighted some areas where DD's blindness is a disadvantage. I've often heard people say that Daredevil's blindness isn't a disability to him because his other senses more than compensate for his lack of eyesight. While this is true to an extent, there are some significant exceptions: he can't tell what colour anything is (not great when defusing a bomb with coloured wires) and he cannot read screens. The latter is more and more of a disadvantage as time goes on in today's society of touchscreen everything.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Charles Soule and Ron Garney have the difficult task of following-up Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s years-long acclaimed run on Daredevil and, unfortunately, they bungle it. In some ways it’s an undoing of Waid/Samnee’s Daredevil. Matt is back East, having moved from San Francisco to New York City, there’s no more smiling Matt as the grim tone returns (he and Foggy aren’t friends anymore for some reason), and everyone’s forgotten Matt Murdock is Daredevil again (as part of the Secret Wars fallout? Charles Soule and Ron Garney have the difficult task of following-up Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s years-long acclaimed run on Daredevil and, unfortunately, they bungle it. In some ways it’s an undoing of Waid/Samnee’s Daredevil. Matt is back East, having moved from San Francisco to New York City, there’s no more smiling Matt as the grim tone returns (he and Foggy aren’t friends anymore for some reason), and everyone’s forgotten Matt Murdock is Daredevil again (as part of the Secret Wars fallout?). What new stuff Soule/Garney bring is pretty bad: a new sidekick character called Blindspot who has a cloaking suit - geddit?! Yeah, it’s another shite Soule original - toss it onto the pile of awful hackneyed Inhuman/Wolverine characters he’s cranked out since he joined Marvel! The bland story is a long way from interesting. A Chinese crimelord called Tenfingers, who has ten fingers on each hand, is doing… something bad in Chinatown involving Blindspot’s mom, and he’s stolen… something from the Hand who want it back. Boring ninja fighting ensues and the book’s over. Wow, really generic, underwhelming stuff, Soule! I’m not a fan of Garney’s art in this one either. It’s hella scratchy and, mirroring the narrative’s dour tone, it’s practically black and white - I guess that’s what the naff subtitle, “Back in Black” refers to? Garney also draws one of the stupidest gun designs I’ve ever seen: a handgun with triggers for each of Tenfingers’ fingers per hand!! Soule/Garney’s Daredevil falls flat on its face right from the starting blocks. Daredevil used to be a fun, entertaining title and now it’s dull, dreary commercial drek - here’s hoping a new creative team takes over quickly!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Daredevil makes a lackluster return to NY, this time hanging out in Chinatown instead of Hell's Kitchen. Somehow Matt's Murdock's secret identity is just that again, secret. We get no explanation how. Only Foggy knows Matt is Daredevil and Matt and Foggy's relationship is on the rocks. Matt is now an assistant D.A. investigating a new church / cult in Chinatown run by someone named Tenfingers. Daredevil has taken on a new protege, Blindspot who's undocumented and Chinese. I found Ron Garney's ar Daredevil makes a lackluster return to NY, this time hanging out in Chinatown instead of Hell's Kitchen. Somehow Matt's Murdock's secret identity is just that again, secret. We get no explanation how. Only Foggy knows Matt is Daredevil and Matt and Foggy's relationship is on the rocks. Matt is now an assistant D.A. investigating a new church / cult in Chinatown run by someone named Tenfingers. Daredevil has taken on a new protege, Blindspot who's undocumented and Chinese. I found Ron Garney's art is this book to be very sketchy and ill-defined. Maybe it's because there wasn't an inker and the colors were very dark and drab.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I wanted to like this more than I did. I think it's because I loved other Daredevil book so much. I didn't care for the artwork. For lack of a better word, it was too scratchy looking for me, which didn't work well with the monochromatic colors. Also, it was hard to keep up with the storyline. Although there was an interesting twist with the villain, and things get crazy when Hand ninjas show up. Also I did like that Daredevil's new sidekick is Asian. It might have been something of a plotpoint, I wanted to like this more than I did. I think it's because I loved other Daredevil book so much. I didn't care for the artwork. For lack of a better word, it was too scratchy looking for me, which didn't work well with the monochromatic colors. Also, it was hard to keep up with the storyline. Although there was an interesting twist with the villain, and things get crazy when Hand ninjas show up. Also I did like that Daredevil's new sidekick is Asian. It might have been something of a plotpoint, but at least there is POC representation here. I think I have high expectations when it comes to Daredevil, from my other reading of this character and the movie, and most certainly the recent Netflix series. It's not bad. It's decent. Just not as great as I was hoping.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    3.5 stars. I'll be honest. When I saw that Soule took over I wasn't best pleased. I think most of his stuff is weak. This surprised me. Here are a list of the things I like about this new volume: 1. The artwork is really nice. Dark shades, different to the vibrant colours Waid brought in. 2. A new hero has been introduced called 'blind spot' who has built a suit to make him invisible. 3. A new villain with 10 fingers! 4. He's more experienced now and people know less about him so he's almost a bra 3.5 stars. I'll be honest. When I saw that Soule took over I wasn't best pleased. I think most of his stuff is weak. This surprised me. Here are a list of the things I like about this new volume: 1. The artwork is really nice. Dark shades, different to the vibrant colours Waid brought in. 2. A new hero has been introduced called 'blind spot' who has built a suit to make him invisible. 3. A new villain with 10 fingers! 4. He's more experienced now and people know less about him so he's almost a brand new daredevil which gives him a great advantage. Here are a list of the things I don't like: 1. Why is he back in New York? 2. How did he wish for people to forget about him accept foggy? Did I miss something? This means his relationships aren't as deep anymore. 3. He's working for the attorney general now. Has he sold his soul? It's not great, but it is worth reading. Could turn out to be a decent run, but I'm doubtful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    While competent and readable, this volume didn't pack the same punch (or the visceral excitement) that Volume 1 of Mark Waid's last run did. But I'm willing to stick with it, see what the creative team brings to the table in future issues. (Though it does seem that Matt Murdock/DD "starts a new life" WAY more than any other comic charcter in the Marvel Universe.) While competent and readable, this volume didn't pack the same punch (or the visceral excitement) that Volume 1 of Mark Waid's last run did. But I'm willing to stick with it, see what the creative team brings to the table in future issues. (Though it does seem that Matt Murdock/DD "starts a new life" WAY more than any other comic charcter in the Marvel Universe.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanja

    This is the spoiler free review for volumes 1 and 2, if you would like to see the spoiler full review complete with pictures please visit here: http://amanjareads.com/2020/01/07/dar... Daredevil: Back in Black has 46 issues total in the run. I will be reading all of them and reviewing them in 2 volume batches based on how the trades were published. This run has a very different feel to it from past Daredevil issues. Not only is Daredevil in a new black uniform but he has somehow wiped everyone's This is the spoiler free review for volumes 1 and 2, if you would like to see the spoiler full review complete with pictures please visit here: http://amanjareads.com/2020/01/07/dar... Daredevil: Back in Black has 46 issues total in the run. I will be reading all of them and reviewing them in 2 volume batches based on how the trades were published. This run has a very different feel to it from past Daredevil issues. Not only is Daredevil in a new black uniform but he has somehow wiped everyone's (and I mean everyone's) memories of him being Matt Murdock. The readers will not know how this happened for quite some time but it will keep coming up. Additionally, Murdock is no longer a defense attorney, he is working for the DA as a prosecutor. I hate this. He is no longer able to make his own schedule and he gets paid far less. These are two very big issues for someone who wants to be a successful vigilante. It doesn't make sense and it was a mistake. A lot of the book is Daredevil facing conflicts that come up because of this job that he chose to switch to. It's very frustrating to read because without seeing a grander plan I just feel like yelling at him the whole time, "just quit then!" Another big change is that DD now has a sidekick, Blindspot aka Samuel Chung. Chung invented an invisibility suit and DD is training him on how to fight and actually perform as a superhero. Makes sense, just being invisible doesn't help anything if you can't actually perform the actions. I also don't like DD having a sidekick, especially when him trying to keep his identity a secret is such a big part of the plot of this run. It's ridiculous that he would keep someone so close by and have to hide that he's blind from them so they don't put the pieces together. The story gets kind of complicated through this one and everything is in really long form. Things are mentioned in these first two volumes that I expect to come back at some point in the run but 20 issues later I still haven't seen them. I don't think this author wanted to write Daredevil. He doesn't seem to have a good grasp of the character and he's lost quite a bit of his charm. Parts of these two volumes are better than others and I don't think it's an overall bad book it's just pretty underwhelming. The author does the best job with the side characters. Elektra (because I'm biased) has the best two issues of these volumes and is full of emotion and turmoil. Spiderman shows up for the final issues and has a delightful levity and humor to him. Even The Hand has more personality than Daredevil in this one and they're a faceless organization of zombie ninjas. I think they wanted to take DD in a different direction but don't appreciate how to do that in a way that maintains the integrity of the character. He's lost a lot with these changes and I haven't seen it pay off yet. Hopefully by the end of the run I change my mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Wow!!! Tim Sale's issue 001 variant really kick-ass!!! After the awesome Waid/Samnee run on Daredevil I was just afraid reading this new one but luckly Soule and Garney give us a more than good first volume, a fist one leaving you with lots of questions: why the black suit (but for luring Netfix Daredevil fans)? Why nobody remembers Matt is DD (Oh yeah, Secret Wars rebooted everything..)? And so on, but I'm sure sooner or later we are going to have the answers. Liked a lot the story and the art... Wow!!! Tim Sale's issue 001 variant really kick-ass!!! After the awesome Waid/Samnee run on Daredevil I was just afraid reading this new one but luckly Soule and Garney give us a more than good first volume, a fist one leaving you with lots of questions: why the black suit (but for luring Netfix Daredevil fans)? Why nobody remembers Matt is DD (Oh yeah, Secret Wars rebooted everything..)? And so on, but I'm sure sooner or later we are going to have the answers. Liked a lot the story and the art... Just can't stop hearing the Netflix opening titles Daredevil theme while reading it... (view spoiler)[ The master/disciple relationship between DD and Blindspot made me think back with a smile to an old ninja flick tv series with Lee Van Cleef... LOL!!! And Blindspot using his Twitter followers to send a message to his Master was just great! :D (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Mark Waid's run on Daredevil is a hard act to follow. Soule may not exactly knock it out of the ballpark, but he does a more than respectable job. Somewhere in that post-Secret Wars time gap, Matt did... something, the end result of which is that his identity as Daredevil is secret once again, from everyone. And the only person who knows otherwise is Foggy, who isn't exactly thankful for that knowledge. I don't know yet what he did, because that isn't exactly the point of this story. I'm sure th Mark Waid's run on Daredevil is a hard act to follow. Soule may not exactly knock it out of the ballpark, but he does a more than respectable job. Somewhere in that post-Secret Wars time gap, Matt did... something, the end result of which is that his identity as Daredevil is secret once again, from everyone. And the only person who knows otherwise is Foggy, who isn't exactly thankful for that knowledge. I don't know yet what he did, because that isn't exactly the point of this story. I'm sure that'll come back around to bite him in the ass later. Right now, the main point is a cult that's set itself up in Chinatown, using magic stolen from a familiar enemy to prey on on vulnerable people of the neighborhood, especially undocumented immigrants. It's a good setup for a Daredevil story, that doesn't quite reach its full potential. It's just wrapped up too quickly, right when Tenfingers (and what a flipping name that is) is getting developed as a legitimately threatening antagonist. Ah well. I'm also a bit disturbed at precisely how that story was wrapped up. Daredevil and his new... protege? They spend a significant amount of time talking about how the very people who will be most victimized by this cult will be the undocumented immigrants who are being taken in by it. So for the last few panels on the subject to be of those same people being rescued by the police... That isn't really the end of the story for them, and it shouldn't be for Daredevil, either. But maybe it won't be. This may be the end of the volume, but it certainly isn't the end of the run, and it doesn't look like it'll be the end of Daredevil's association with Blindspot. I'm just uneasy with the idea of a story trading on the vulnerability of a group of people, then immediately forgetting about those people as soon as possible.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    With Charles Soule as writer and some great preview art making the rounds online, I had high hopes for Daredevil. For the most part though, I found Chinatown to be a solid, yet unremarkable read that ultimately comes undone with a generic storyline and a jarring final page that ends the book on an off-putting note. The highlight was the artwork by Ron Garney and colourist Matt Milla. A muted palette of red and black brings an appropriately dark atmosphere to Hell's Kitchen, with the whites standi With Charles Soule as writer and some great preview art making the rounds online, I had high hopes for Daredevil. For the most part though, I found Chinatown to be a solid, yet unremarkable read that ultimately comes undone with a generic storyline and a jarring final page that ends the book on an off-putting note. The highlight was the artwork by Ron Garney and colourist Matt Milla. A muted palette of red and black brings an appropriately dark atmosphere to Hell's Kitchen, with the whites standing out in contrast. Although I felt that Garney's action sequences were lacking a certain energy, the rest of the book looked consistently strong. As for Soule's story, it isn't a patch on his superb Red Lanterns run. There are glimpses of the humour and characterisation he's capable of, but nothing to prevent me from losing interest in the end. The biggest disappointment was Daredevil's protégé, Blindspot. An interesting new character who got off to a great start, his story ended up being so predictable that I called the ending a few pages before it actually happened. The aforementioned jarring final page was the nail in the coffin for Chinatown, my interest in the series turned fully into disappointment. (view spoiler)[The victims of an evil cult leader (the ridiculous 'Tenfingers') are led out of a church to ambulances and police cars. They're illegal immigrants without papers and, as Blindspot frequently mentions, no-one to help them. Daredevil remarks "No. This job doesn't end. That's the best thing about it." over a panel of the distraught victims. I'm not entirely sure what Soule was aiming for with that scene, but i'm guessing a Frank Miller Batman vibe wasn't it. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    i loved daredevil 2014 and i assumed this was just a connection to that but it’s not connected at all, i don’t know if i missed something or if it’s just a complete reboot. i guess that’s good, both series have been fine for people just starting daredevil. even though if you use this series as in intro to daredevil, this volume never explains his blindness, origin or senses like the 2014 series does. this issue was extremely boring in the most action packed way. i don’t know how to explain it. it i loved daredevil 2014 and i assumed this was just a connection to that but it’s not connected at all, i don’t know if i missed something or if it’s just a complete reboot. i guess that’s good, both series have been fine for people just starting daredevil. even though if you use this series as in intro to daredevil, this volume never explains his blindness, origin or senses like the 2014 series does. this issue was extremely boring in the most action packed way. i don’t know how to explain it. it felt so dragged out and cliche but at the same time it kept me entertained enough to pretty much read it in an hour (but boring enough to where i was checking twitter every other page.) there was so substance to it, the outline of the plot is there but no explanation to literally anything. some super villain stole something from the hand but did this even say what he stole??? by the time i finished this i had no idea why daredevil was even involved with tenfingers. the only issue that redeems this is issue 5. the art was pretty nice but it was hard to distinguish one face to the other, and without very good filler descriptions and names being used... how am i supposed to remember who’s who when the art blends all the faces and body into one generic face and body? but i LOVED the color scheme.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Around a 3.5. I think it's better start than Waid's run (by far TBH) So everyone forgot who DD was, except Foggy. Now Matt and Daredevil are separate once more. THis makes some great moments (especially with cap) and really shows how much internal fighting Matt really has to do. I especially love this issue dealing with Blindspot. The big brother type of relationship they have made this an highly enjoyable title. Yes, I believe they could have done a lot more with Matt being exposed. I also enjo Around a 3.5. I think it's better start than Waid's run (by far TBH) So everyone forgot who DD was, except Foggy. Now Matt and Daredevil are separate once more. THis makes some great moments (especially with cap) and really shows how much internal fighting Matt really has to do. I especially love this issue dealing with Blindspot. The big brother type of relationship they have made this an highly enjoyable title. Yes, I believe they could have done a lot more with Matt being exposed. I also enjoy the new costume but I already miss the red. We'll see how long it last. Overall, a solid start to the next volume of Daredevil. Picking up Volume 2 soon!

  14. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Took a bit of time adjusting to the diffent tone and style as compared to Waid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Daredevil seems to be in black and with a "sidekick" to boot. I must have missed a lot in DD's life since apparently, somehow, he has managed to make all of humanity forget that he is Matt Murdock (maybe Dr. Strange helped? Since making possibly a million forget your secret identity requires Cosmic levels of power..ah who knows?) So DD is now an Asst District Attorney instead of a scumbag defense lawyer. Ok that's rather different but cool. Now there is a villian known as Ten Fingers. He has stol Daredevil seems to be in black and with a "sidekick" to boot. I must have missed a lot in DD's life since apparently, somehow, he has managed to make all of humanity forget that he is Matt Murdock (maybe Dr. Strange helped? Since making possibly a million forget your secret identity requires Cosmic levels of power..ah who knows?) So DD is now an Asst District Attorney instead of a scumbag defense lawyer. Ok that's rather different but cool. Now there is a villian known as Ten Fingers. He has stolen some powers and is trying to form a church. Unfortunately he stole those powers from the Hand. They want their stolen power back. DD and his intrepid sidekick, Blindspot, decide to oppose them. The rest? Read the story. I really liked the art style..it was quite different and the darker red colors seem to work well for the story. As far as the story it was pretty good. There were some issues and I'll slightly touch on them since they are the by-product of lazy writing. For example when The DA blames Murdock as the ADA for the witness not being protected. Um..that's the job of the police not the D.A. lawyers tend not to make very good security people. Just a thought. So it's NOT the ADA's fault a Police station can't protect a witness. You'd think the DA would know that. Also that stupid gun Ten-Finger has..the one with the ten triggers? *lol* Well dumbass (Mr. Soule) no matter how many triggers there are on a weapon-there is only one chamber (where the bullet is loaded) and only one feeder mechanism. So no matter the number of triggers-the weapon only fires ONE ROUND AT A TIME. *sigh* idiots. But those little snide remarks aside I rather liked this. Let's see where this goes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Coming off of the fantastic Waid/Samnee run of Daredevil, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who could take the character to the same heights. Of course, enter Charles Soule and Ron Garney to try and do just that. Soule himself is a practicing lawyer, so alongside She-Hulk (which he also wrote a fantastic 12 issue run on), Daredevil is the perfect character for Soule. Everything old is new again with a twist, as Matt returns to New York City, with his secret identity back in place (please don' Coming off of the fantastic Waid/Samnee run of Daredevil, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who could take the character to the same heights. Of course, enter Charles Soule and Ron Garney to try and do just that. Soule himself is a practicing lawyer, so alongside She-Hulk (which he also wrote a fantastic 12 issue run on), Daredevil is the perfect character for Soule. Everything old is new again with a twist, as Matt returns to New York City, with his secret identity back in place (please don't let this be another Mephisto/One Moment In Time kind of deal), and a new job as a prosecutor instead of a defense attorney. Add in a new costume, a sidekick in the form of Sam Cheung, AKA the invisible Blindspot, and a new villain named Tenfingers (who has ten fingers on each hand, oddly enough), and it's a recipe for a ninja-punching, law-breaking, rollicking good time. Part of what makes this so good is the artwork. I've never been a massive Garney fan, but his style takes a distinctive turn in this series, evoking a John Romita Jr. (in his hey-day) type sense of proportion and action that really suits the proceedings. Matt Milla keeps the colours dark, almost black and white most of the time, so that the DD on Matt's costume and Tenfingers' mystical powers pop off the page. There's also a flashback sequence collected from All-New All-Different Point One in the back, which explains how Sam meet Matt in the first place, which I thought would have made more sense at the beginning, but works just as well at the end. Daredevil's a character that hasn't really had any bad runs (not counting Shadowland which we're all allowed to forget), and Soule doesn't look to be breaking the trend any time soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frédéric

    So DD is back. For some reason nobody but Foggy (who seems rather pissed off) remembers he is Matt Murdock. I reckon I missed something because I don't have any clue as to why. But I can live with it. He also has a "partner", an asian illegal immigrant in a costume that makes him invisible. Yeah, Right. I like it much less, DD is a lonesome character by nature and the presence of this Robin wannabe somehow bothers me a little bit. I still could have lived with it if not for this moronic first arc So DD is back. For some reason nobody but Foggy (who seems rather pissed off) remembers he is Matt Murdock. I reckon I missed something because I don't have any clue as to why. But I can live with it. He also has a "partner", an asian illegal immigrant in a costume that makes him invisible. Yeah, Right. I like it much less, DD is a lonesome character by nature and the presence of this Robin wannabe somehow bothers me a little bit. I still could have lived with it if not for this moronic first arc. So a guy named Tenfingers (because has ten on each hand, whoah, the guy wins a Buffoon Award, piece of cake!) stole something to the Hand (which will try to get it back) and tries to set up a sect of some kind. Then DD and his jolly sidekick (whose mother is an executive in the aforementioned sect, sigh...) save the day. Boring on the verge of stupid (Tenfinger, come on!) not an ounce of the fun Waid could instill in his stories and an underperforming Ron Garney (didn't fancy his new style, some good vignettes but not enough, looks almost like a rushed up job) make it probably the worst storyline I've ever read of Daredevil and I've read some lousy ones.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I have mixed feelings here, since there was some great stuff, some promising stuff, but also some pretty weak stuff. GREAT: Daredevil's new sidekick apprentice, Blindspot. Cool superpower (straight up invisibility) mixed with a compelling origin story (he's an illegal Chinese immigrant living off the grid in NYC). PROMISING: Matt Murdock is working in the D.A.'s office now. If Charles Soule stays on this book for a while this has a lot of potential, as the man does know the law. WEAK: So...Tenfinge I have mixed feelings here, since there was some great stuff, some promising stuff, but also some pretty weak stuff. GREAT: Daredevil's new sidekick apprentice, Blindspot. Cool superpower (straight up invisibility) mixed with a compelling origin story (he's an illegal Chinese immigrant living off the grid in NYC). PROMISING: Matt Murdock is working in the D.A.'s office now. If Charles Soule stays on this book for a while this has a lot of potential, as the man does know the law. WEAK: So...Tenfingers. The idea of a villain founding a "church" to exploit vulnerable immigrants, all the while claiming tax exemption!, is compelling, but what, exactly, was his power? What was the deal with his goons? And now he's all chopped up and dead, so I guess it's all moot, but it seemed a wasted opportunity

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    This is a nice and refreshing new flavor of Daredevil, and after Waid's mostly very strong return to the bright days of 80's era coloring and brightness, which was nice because it was a break and contrast to the dark, bleak, drama of Bendis's and Brubaker's fantastic runs, this then does the reverse, and takes us back to a Dark(ish) take on our tortured hero. But Soule also did other nice and original things, I liked it, even though there are a couple outlandish things, that I am bugged by, ... I This is a nice and refreshing new flavor of Daredevil, and after Waid's mostly very strong return to the bright days of 80's era coloring and brightness, which was nice because it was a break and contrast to the dark, bleak, drama of Bendis's and Brubaker's fantastic runs, this then does the reverse, and takes us back to a Dark(ish) take on our tortured hero. But Soule also did other nice and original things, I liked it, even though there are a couple outlandish things, that I am bugged by, ... I mostly liked this. And since I am always bitching about artists, ... not only is this a good one, but Marvel actually did the right thing and kept the same creative team together throughout! So it gets 4 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    A decent daredevil story but more so a pretty good Blindspot story. Daredevil is now a prosecutor and is trying to take down the tenfingers crew. Tenfingers runs a gang hiding as a church. Daredevil has a new ally names Blindspot who can go invisible with aid of his tech suit. The story is pretty standard fanfare, we see Matt in court, we see Matt fighting crime. The shining story is about Blindspot and chinatown. The art is O.K. nothing great in my opinion. I suppose I will read vol.2 but im no A decent daredevil story but more so a pretty good Blindspot story. Daredevil is now a prosecutor and is trying to take down the tenfingers crew. Tenfingers runs a gang hiding as a church. Daredevil has a new ally names Blindspot who can go invisible with aid of his tech suit. The story is pretty standard fanfare, we see Matt in court, we see Matt fighting crime. The shining story is about Blindspot and chinatown. The art is O.K. nothing great in my opinion. I suppose I will read vol.2 but im not expecting much really.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I'm always skeptical with relaunches for Daredevil. Generally, they try hard to mimic Miller's run, attempting to replicate the gritty, martial arts crime action. Or they go a completely different direction, like Waid's recent run. Soule's story is more the former: Matt's back in New York, except his costume is now black and red. It actually doesn't bother me that much. It's similar enough to his original costume that it isn't shockingly different, but visually lets you know that things are not I'm always skeptical with relaunches for Daredevil. Generally, they try hard to mimic Miller's run, attempting to replicate the gritty, martial arts crime action. Or they go a completely different direction, like Waid's recent run. Soule's story is more the former: Matt's back in New York, except his costume is now black and red. It actually doesn't bother me that much. It's similar enough to his original costume that it isn't shockingly different, but visually lets you know that things are not what they used to be. He's also a prosecuting attorney as opposed to a defense lawyer. It remains to be seen how this will be used in upcoming stories. There's a new villain and he's visually creepy and mysterious, appropriately falling into the mystical arena like the Hand. It's a little straight-forward but when the villain speaks, Soule is asking "what makes a villain"? If someone strongly believes they are meant to save people, who can judge their actions? Isn't that what heroes do, where their actions are to beat people up? Daredevil also has an apprentice and so far it's working. Thankfully, he's not quite the doppleganger variety that has plagued Marvel in recent years, but he's close. Soule is deliberately bringing to light the presence of illegal immigrants with this character. The art and color palette are interesting choices. Garney invokes a little of Miller's Sin City style. It isn't clean, almost sketchy with lots of ink, and it works, adding to the "grittiness" mentioned earlier. Even more noticeable is the limited color palette: almost everything is black, white, or red, with muted browns for backgrounds. There's an occasional splash of green to signify magic for example, but there's not much else. So far, I'm loving this. Not quite worth four stars, but it finally brings back some excitement to DD.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    I like the tone, and I think Ron Garney’s art is cool. It’s very grainy with a color palette limited to black, grey and red, layered with modernized Ben-Day dots. The story however, is pretty plain, and a little silly. Also, there are some major changes to the setting here that aren’t satisfactorily explained. How did everyone forget Daredevil’s secret identity? Why did he move back from the West Coast? It’s not really addressed. The fighting and action are pretty fun, and well rendered. Also, as I like the tone, and I think Ron Garney’s art is cool. It’s very grainy with a color palette limited to black, grey and red, layered with modernized Ben-Day dots. The story however, is pretty plain, and a little silly. Also, there are some major changes to the setting here that aren’t satisfactorily explained. How did everyone forget Daredevil’s secret identity? Why did he move back from the West Coast? It’s not really addressed. The fighting and action are pretty fun, and well rendered. Also, as a lawyer himself, Charles Soule does a pretty good job with the legalese. Overall, this is decent and satisfying... but not quite great.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    It's not bad, but it's absolutely not what I wanted. World: The art is beautiful, it's very stylish and very different from the Waid run, it's very tonally different. I like it. I don't love it but I like it for what this book is trying to do. The world building here is solid also for what it is. It's Chinatown and it's not quite there, there are stereotypes and simplifications for the sake of the plot and the tone and status quo shift from Wade is absolutely huge which I don't like. For what it It's not bad, but it's absolutely not what I wanted. World: The art is beautiful, it's very stylish and very different from the Waid run, it's very tonally different. I like it. I don't love it but I like it for what this book is trying to do. The world building here is solid also for what it is. It's Chinatown and it's not quite there, there are stereotypes and simplifications for the sake of the plot and the tone and status quo shift from Wade is absolutely huge which I don't like. For what it is, a reboot, it's fine. I do not like however that he is a D.A as it takes from Matt the core of what he is as an attorney but more of that below. Story: For what it is, it's a fine story. It's well written, it's paced well, some logic stretches aside from the plan of Tenfingers and over simplification of black immigrant Chinese workers and culture I like it. At least it's showing a more diverse side of New York for readers, not Little Italy or Spanish Harlem. That being said, I do not like the departure from the Waid status quo because nothing is addressed cause Marvel and Soule don't have the balls to confront the change and makes readers just take this new status quo. Waid created something beautiful and different with Matt, a happy Matt and a different tone and to throw it all away is also not back to status quo but rather him being a D.A. is just...I'm not happy. Characters: Matt is back to his boring brooding whiney self and this time Soule has made him into a D.A. which is against everything I love about Attorney Matt. We don't get to see him help the poor and wrongly accused or the ones that fall between the cracks. Instead we get the aggressive DD and also the aggressive predator on the attack D.A. this is not what I wanted. Also with all that Foggy and him went through and the faking the death and making him a hero and the beautiful relationship that Waid created we get this again...and again and again...zzz. Where the fuck is McDuffie, the best thing for Matt in the last couple of years and she gets shafted this is bullshit. I hate this new status quo because it's a step back and it's exactly what Marvel did with Spidey in One More Day. Can they not have balls and let the character move towards something different. Just like DC, let Clark get married, let him have a kid, show us something new...not the same old same old. I will read this cause it is entertaining but it's also a huge reminder of how backwards Marvel can be sometimes when they can't do legacy characters like DC does...well they do...look at Kate Bishop (awesome)...but Matt...what the fuck Marvel. Onward to the next book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rattoni

    This book is terrible, read something else. That being said, Daredevil is one of my favorite marvel characters, nonetheless is quite difficult to find a good story of him. This story is really boring, almost as bad as Andy Diggles Shadowland. I have not read yet the Marc Waid run before reading this one, but from the reviews I’ve read here in Goodreads, it does not seem to be needed to understand what is happening here. It really shows how Charles Soule, the writer, does not understand Daredevil This book is terrible, read something else. That being said, Daredevil is one of my favorite marvel characters, nonetheless is quite difficult to find a good story of him. This story is really boring, almost as bad as Andy Diggles Shadowland. I have not read yet the Marc Waid run before reading this one, but from the reviews I’ve read here in Goodreads, it does not seem to be needed to understand what is happening here. It really shows how Charles Soule, the writer, does not understand Daredevil, in the art department Ron Garney makes some decent covers with really bad interiors, far from what he had done in other titles such as ultimate comics Captain America, Wolverine, and Thor, here he seems to have taken some influence from the recent work of John Romita Jr, which seems rushed and lazy, Matt mills does an interesting job with the colors and effects in the book, which almost save this rushed approach by Ron Garney. The biggest problems with the story are that there are no stakes in here, and almost nothing happens, I couln´t care less about Matt who has returned to NY, nor the people he works with in the DA´s office or Blindspot, his new protegee a Chinese illegal immigrant, nor about of the people in the tenfinger´s church who are in danger. Besides Matt I don’t know any of these and I don’t care about them at all, and Soule does not give me any reason to do so. So Tenfingers is the leader of a cult that is named after him. The church of the Tenfingers is attended by what at the beginning seem to be criminals, former criminals and illegal immigrants, its not clear why Soule selects this three groups and not others, does he consider the three of them the similar? or what is he trying to achieve by having those groups together? By the end the group seems to have changed and is now formed by families of chinatown. Tenfingers promises salvation and power, but it is never clear what he means by that. Tenfingers seems to have superpowers and he also provides some of his followers with superhuman fighting skills, but when he refers to power, he seems to be talking about something else which is never explained. Tenfingers stole some magic from the legendary criminal organization named the hand, by the end these guys of the han summon a demon called the fist. (what is next in daredevil? A new bad guy called the elbow? A different criminal syndicate by the name of the forearm maybe? ). In the middle of the story Tenfingers approaches Matt Murdok in his new job, he explains “I had a vision where by forming a new religion I will be able to save people, do you see” What is Matt´s answer? “I don’t see, I am blind”. This line is totally useless. What is Soule trying to achieve with it? And why did Tenfingers approached Matt? There is no reason for this since now no one knows that Matt and Daredevil are one and the same. And this is another useless point. They are tying to make this whole “no one knows who daredevil is “ an interesting subject, but it is not. Its just another Deus ex machine to have the character as it was in the beginning, avoiding growth. A terrible bad decision by marvel, it was really interesting seeing Matt trying to avoid being recognized as Daredevil, and how that got him new problems. I know that the whole identity revealed thing could not last very long, but the fact is that it was almost 10 years since Bendis revealed that Matt and Daredevil are the same person, and it still felt like there could be some interesting stories to be told. Also the new seed could’ve been Daredevil quiting the whole Matt persona, and trying to become a full time vigilante with limited resources, and chased by the police for his methods. I think that something like that was needed before going back to basics. I’ve haven’t read a story where Matt´s catholicism takes the centerstage, and I think there is a good reason why, yes every now and then he has searched for comfort in a church, and I think that it could make an interesting story, but this is certainly not the one. For every super hero there is a philosophical debate of wether or not use the skills they have for certain pourpuses, here Soule skips the struggle and concludes that Matt thinks that he is the cosen one, elected by god to achieve his will, and whoever gets in the way, is against the will of god. Talk about humility. This simplistic approach towards Matt´s election to become a superhero seems quite out of character. Matt got his powers through an accident where he also lost his sight, he is well aware of the accident that caused him this, after that, Matt was trained by stick, a man from Eastern traditions who taught him how to master his skills, then Matt became a lawyer and worked on some really complex cases, at the same time he became a vigilante, and had to deal with some really strange stuff while battling alongside Spiderman, captain America and other heroes. Matt is a vast tapestry of traditions and knowledge that does not seem to fit this “chosen by god” statement which seems good for a Crusade. Matt lives in a universe where this kinds of superpowers are not that unusual, and almost all the time have scientific explanation (in the scientific terms of that universe), even more so, there are other persons who use these kids of powers to achieve opposite goals than Matt´s, Before this, Matt´s decision to fight crime is so that no one would suffer what he had to go through when he was a kid after losing his father when the mafia killed him, every now and then he looks for relief in a church, but he knows well that he is fighting through means which his church may not approve. Matt´s fight has never been centered in religion, and to say it has shows how Soule does not understand the great possibilities and background this character has.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    The pendulum keeps swinging for Daredevil: here he is back to dark crime stories with The Hand ninjas and New York City. Sadly, no more charming girlfriend. More important, artist Ron Garney inks his pencils to great effect. Recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Muteeb

    Charles Soule's run was an overall three star read for me, but then the last three pages happened, and I lost my goddamn mind. Charles Soule's run was an overall three star read for me, but then the last three pages happened, and I lost my goddamn mind.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    Daredevil returns to New York to protect Hell's Kitchen once again! ...wait what? Last we left off on this title, Matt was all-but-known to be Daredevil and he was working in San Francisco. The most annoying part of this book is that the "how" of how Matt is back in New York with no one knowing his secret identity is not explained. And while Charles Soule chooses to use this as a mystery driving the plot forward, he doesn't really address it until the final issue of this volume. So to me it feels Daredevil returns to New York to protect Hell's Kitchen once again! ...wait what? Last we left off on this title, Matt was all-but-known to be Daredevil and he was working in San Francisco. The most annoying part of this book is that the "how" of how Matt is back in New York with no one knowing his secret identity is not explained. And while Charles Soule chooses to use this as a mystery driving the plot forward, he doesn't really address it until the final issue of this volume. So to me it feels like an after thought. But, if you can get passed that, the series itself is pretty damn good. Soule chooses to take the series back into a more darker tone, but not Bendis level of dark. Which is good, I think Waid showed us how daredevil can be fun as well and not always soul shatteringly dark. Which Soule embodies this new daredevil spirit, while at the same time putting a bit of a modern spin to it. It did feel a bit like the netflix series influenced how Matt speaks, but this is not a bad thing, it works great. I think this is a great start to the new volume, and I'm looking forward for how everyone forgot about Matt's secret identity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Lima

    This was fun to read, but only that. Daredevil is a character that, for me, don't get a bad run or bad story or anything. We can always see something good happening in Hell's Kitchen. But, again, this first volume was fun. Nice drawings, some nice writings, the average bad guy and everything. A superhero comic. This was fun to read, but only that. Daredevil is a character that, for me, don't get a bad run or bad story or anything. We can always see something good happening in Hell's Kitchen. But, again, this first volume was fun. Nice drawings, some nice writings, the average bad guy and everything. A superhero comic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Decent but not great.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Arlomisty

    Great graphic novel... book one in three... love the art!

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